Cheddar Gorge and Caves close due to virus outbreak

Cheddar Gorge and Caves was handed the Best Venue for History Learning award.

Cheddar Gorge and Caves was handed the Best Venue for History Learning award. - Credit: sub

One of the most striking natural landmarks in Somerset has closed amid coronavirus uncertainty.

Gorge operations manager Leon Troake with Andy Winsley and George Patch from MJ Patch. Picture: Elea

Gorge operations manager Leon Troake with Andy Winsley and George Patch from MJ Patch. Picture: Eleanor Young - Credit: Eleanor Young

Cheddar Gorge & Caves confirmed its closure to visitors on Monday.

The news follows its announcement to close a number of attractions at the site on Friday, and has shut following advice on public health and social distancing measures enforced by government this week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed tighter restrictions on people’s freedom of movement in a bid to tackle the spread of coronavirus in the UK on Monday evening.

Cheddar Gorge.

Cheddar Gorge. - Credit: Archant

In Mr Johnson’s announcement, he asked people to ‘stay at home’ and recommended people only leave for essential work travel, one form of exercise a day and to make limited visits to shops.


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Longleat, owners of Cheddar Gorge, have also closed access to Jacob’s Ladder and the Cliff-top Walk in the village.

Jacob’s Ladder will be shut from The Cliffs on the B3135 as well as Cliff-top walk, which starts in Cufic Lane.

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Longleat cannot confirm how long the caves will be closed for, and will provide updates on its website.

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